Tent-Camera Image on Ground: Sand Beach and Rocks, Acadia National Park, Maine, 2010

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Bridalveil Fall from Northside Drive, Yosemite National Park, California, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Yates, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Battery East, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: Boulders near Live Oak, Joshua Tree National Park, California, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Grand Canyon from Mohave Point, Grand Canyon National Park, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Grand Canyon and Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2011

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Mount Moran and the Snake River from Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 2011

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Rio Grand Looking Southeast Near Santa Elena Canyon, Texas, 2011

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: Rio Grande Looking Toward Mexico Near Boquillas Canyon, Texas 2011

Tent-Camera image on Ground: Rooftop View of the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Side, 2011

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View Looking Southeast Toward the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas, 2010

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Garnet Hill, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2013

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Sea Stacks Looking North, Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Lake Crescent Looking Northwest, Olympic national Park, Washington, 2012

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Jordan Pond and the Bubble Mountains, Acadia National Park, Maine, March, 2010

Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Kirby Cove, 2012

Tent Camera

Biography

Edwynn Houk Gallery is delighted to announce the exclusive representation of Abelardo Morell (American, b Havana 1948), whose pictures transform and transcend the ordinary and everyday. Morell has been the subject of a major retrospective exhibition, “The Universe Next Door,” which started at the Art Institute of Chicago in June of 2013, toured to the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and ended at the High Museum in Atlanta in May of 2014. Morell’s first exhibition at Houk Gallery was at the Zürich space in June of 2013.

Always intrigued with optics and how an image is constructed, Morell began his photographic career within the most steadfast of genres, the still life. His pared down images focused resolutely on simple, everyday items: a glass bottle, a page within a book, a child’s toy. In 1991, Morell, wanting to illustrate to his students the basic tenet of photography – light passing through an aperture and its projected image – stumbled upon what proved to be a turning point; Morell realized with his image “Light Bulb,” that any room, any space can be turned into a camera. Renowned for his camera obscura works, Morell has over the years perfected the technique and continues to use what is fundamentally one of the oldest, most primitive ways to make an image.

The passage of time and capturing it in a photograph has long fascinated Morell. In the beginning, his camera obscura photographs required exposures of several hours, but now with digital technology, it is much faster. He is able to show specific times of day in single images, moments can be pinpointed instead of hours passing. 

Morell deftly balances a philosophical approach with a scientific rigor, and honoring a Modernist tradition, he continues to experiment, creating collages, cliché verre on glass, and for his camera obscura works, adapting a tent so that he can take the images outdoors. The effects of these images hark back to Impressionist painting where famous vistas are juxtaposed with unexpected, nontraditional surfaces, a marriage of two outdoor realities.

Morell lives and works in Boston. He studied at Bowdoin College and holds an MFA from Yale University, and an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin. In 1993, he was the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Until 2009, he was a professor of photography at Massachusetts College of Art. Morell was the subject of a documentary film, “Shadow of the House,” in 2007. There are numerous publications and monographs on his work, including his illustration of Alice in Wonderland and ‘Book of Books,’ with an introduction by author Nicholson Baker. He was the recipient of the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award in 2011. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fondation Cartier, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Morell is the The Lucie Awards 2017 Honoree for Achievement in Fine Art.